What a roller coaster we are experiencing in the development of the next version of Linux. In the second CR she messed up with the deadlines and things got out of hand; in the fourth, things had begun to calm down; a few hours ago, Linus Torvalds launched Linux 6.1-rc5, and while he says he's not worried, he does say the size is larger than normal for this stage of development.
The point is that during the week from November 8 to 15, as many commits were received as during the previous week, which has caused the kernel to remain on the "bigger side" for now. Looking at the calendar, there would be three weeks left for the release of the stable version, so things must start to shrink now, or else the release of the eighth Release Candidate reserved for less calm developments will be necessary.
Linux 6.1 will arrive on December 4… or 11
Am I worrying? Not yet. There's nothing particularly concerning here, and the rc5 changes are a bit of everything, so hopefully it's just one of those one time things and all the pull requests came in this week, and it's going to die down now.
But we'll see. If things don't start to settle down, this may be one of those builds that needs another week. It wasn't a particularly large fusion window, but I don't particularly like how the rc's are still on the larger side.
If everything goes back to normal, Linux 6.1 will arrive on December 4, on 11 if at the end he launches the eighth RC. One week more or one week less should be the same for Ubuntu users who prefer to stay with the kernel offered by the distribution, and we will move from the current 5.19 to the more than likely 6.2 that will arrive in mid-February. For those who want to update it, it is worth using a tool like Mainline.